City officials plan road improvements

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed City Engineer Justin Howalt, left, and Danton Bean, senior structural engineer for HDR Engineering Inc., right, look over portions of Mabry Drive up for repair in 2012. Mabry will be repaired between South Prince and Norris street Improvements will include stripping the old pavement and repaving the road and installing […]

Base planning office hosting meeting

CNJ staff The state of New Mexico and the Office of Military Base Planning and Support will host a meeting 5 p.m. Thursday at the Melrose High School Commons Room. The public meeting is intended to provide general information about a proposed expansion to the Melrose Air Force Range.

Volunteers planning food drive

Polly Kennedy Pastor Bonita Knox and about 80 community volunteers are converging Sunday to participate in the National Communities Responding to Overcoming Poverty Hunger Walk 2011. Knox is enthusiastic about the cause. “I am just hosting this year. It is a community effort,” she stressed. “This has been going on for about five years now, […]

Officials hope to expand Melrose range

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File photo The state, working with the Department of Defense, has set aside $5 million towards the expansion of the approximate 66,000-acre Melrose Air Force Range in northwestern Roosevelt County. Kevin Wilson Representatives from the State Land Office and the state military base planning commission held a pair of informational meetings Thursday on what they […]

Broken nose give away ram’s temperament

When our two daughters were in 4-H they bought a few good ewes, mostly Suffolks and Hampshires, planning to raise show lambs. They needed a good ram, of course, and some folks down the road had a high-powered Suffolk. He was big and long and had muscles in all the right places, especially his rear […]

Family of child hit by car planning vigil

CNJ staff The family of a 4-year-old struck and killed by a car last year in Clovis is planning a candlelight vigil 8 p.m. Monday near the accident site. Xzavier Salcido died Sept. 19, 2010, after he was struck on Cameo between Ninth and 10th streets. Police said he said he followed other children onto […]

Intersection clogs frustrate drivers

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson More than 16,000 drivers pass through the intersection of Commerce and Prince streets in an average day, according to the city’s traffic division. Traffic often bottlenecks as vehicles turn north onto Prince Street, though motorists are cautioned against blocking the intersection. Kevin Wilson Bernice Ragland and her husband Loyd were […]

Planning committee to meet on country club zoning change

CNJ staff The city’s Planning and Zoning committee meets 3 p.m. Wednesday at city hall, 321 N. Connelly. Included on the agenda is a proposed zoning change for the Colonial Park Country Club from residential single family to mixed development. That would allow for the sale of liquor at the facility. When the golf course […]

Official: Housing, health care among top growth priorities

Argen Duncan Housing, quality of life and health care are top priorities for regional growth management, the regional growth planner has said. At the Local Growth Management Committee meeting Wednesday in Portales, Rick Draker of RM Draker and Associates gave a close-out report on the first year of regional growth planning work. Draker said the […]

Planning fund meetings to be held

CNJ staff Beginning June 30, Curry County will hold three public hearings to discuss possibilities for use of Community Development Block Grant planning funds. The CDBG program’s purpose is to assist communities in providing essential facilities, decent housing, promoting economic development and maintaining a suitable living environment, according to a press release. Communities are eligible […]

Everybody’s Business: Planning important in restaurant field

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer Why would anyone want to open a restaurant? Ask any person who owns, has owned, or has worked in a restaurant; most will tell you it’s not a good idea to start another one. Then why is one of the most popular new business ideas seen by Small Business Development Centers nationwide […]

Planning commission approves affordable housing plan

Sharna Johnson Clovis’ planning and zoning commission unanimously approved the city’s affordable housing plan Wednesday. The vote came following a presentation of the plan by Community and Legislative Director Claire Burroughes. “The rental housing market here is overburdened,” Burroughes said. One of the projects giving the plan momentum is the renovation of Hotel Clovis to […]

Affordable Housing Plan taking step toward ordinance

Kevin Wilson When Clovis found out that nearby Cannon Air Force Base would receive a bump in personnel for its new Air Force Special Operations Command mission, growth management consultants suggested an affordable housing plan as responsible planning for the city’s future. The last two commanders at Cannon, and some of their officers, have spoken […]

Press release: CHS 70′s reunion planning meeting set

Classmates from the Clovis High School classes of 1970 through 1979 are invited to the planning meeting for the ‘70’s Reunion. The meeting will be held at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce on Monday, March 21st at 5:15 p.m. The CHS ‘70’s Reunion will be held in conjunction with the Pioneer Days celebration to […]

Clovis chamber planning business meet

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is holding a “Business After Hours” event 5 p.m. Thursday at Leal’s Mexican Restaurant on 3100 E. Mabry Dr. Chamber Executive Director Ernie Kos said the event is free and open to the public.

Positions open on emergency planning committee

CNJ staff The Clovis/Curry County Local Emergency Planning Committee Executive Council has two available positions. The committee meets 1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each odd-numbered month at Clovis City Hall. For information, contact the city manager’s office at 769-7828.

Christmas dinner takes year of planning

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Joe Garcia, co-owner of El Rancho Restaurant, places a pan in the buffet bar in preparation for the free Christmas dinner on Christmas Day. Clarence Plank The Garcia family starts planning a year in advance for the annual free Christmas dinner at El Rancho Restaurant. Co-owner Joe Garcia said every […]

Six Portales subdivisions show development

Argen Duncan The Portales area has seen new development in six subdivisions in the last 13 months, a large number for the city, the planning and zoning director said. Since November 2009, City of Portales Planning and Zoning Director Sammy Standefer said, four new subdivisions have been approved and two have begun a new phase […]

Tax planning enters crunch time

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Courtesy graphic Tax experts say there is still plenty of time to implement some tax-saving strategies before the end of the year. Pay bills early, make donations, install new windows — With about two and a half weeks remaining to the end of the year, it’s the last chance for tax planning. Taxpayers can still […]

Positions available on Planning and Zoning Commission

CNJ staff The City of Clovis has three positions on its Planning and Zoning Commission available for election/re-election. The commission meets 3 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month and makes recommendations to the Clovis Commission regarding planning and zoning matters. Applications are available at City Hall or cityofclovis.org. Completed applications must be given to […]